The Age Old Question of Plotting vs. Pantsing
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The question of how to approach writing your novel—whether you should plot out every detail or “write by the seat of your pants”—has been raised and answered more times than I can count. On this issue, I’ve learned much from several great writers, from Stephen King to William Kent Kreuger to Stephanie Evanovich. And I’ve tried to put these lessons to work in crafting the narratives of my new series, the Haunted Shores Mysteries. There is no perfect advice here, but perhaps my observations may prove helpful.

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Are Too Many Choices Crushing Your Marketing Plan?
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Many companies will give you a good sales pitch as to why their service is so good and why you should use it. But, is it really what you need? Deciding what you need is not easy, especially with so many telling you what you something different.

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When Oprah Tolled the Bell for Her Book Club
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At first Oprah’s picks were authors of little renown. She chose novelists with important things to say and a unique way of saying them and didn’t give a T-tinkers darn who published the book or if the author’s name was known to anybody.

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Airwaves vs Web Waves
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There are so many radio and TV shows on so many platforms the idea of contacting any is daunting. So, we must look at it from a different perspective. What is the one thing that all channels have in common? You guessed it, a website.

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Distractions
What’s Hampering Your Productivity?
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You have to find your individual obstacles in order to move past them and create a formula for personal and professional success.

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“Writing about Imaginary Playmates”
“Writing about Imaginary Playmates” 1024 576 Reader Views

I never understood why my mother insisted that my friends Nappy and Cordy were imaginary. They talked to me, told me stories, and were just as real as Alison or Charles or Kathy. I certainly didn’t see any difference, except possibly that they told better stories.

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What Have You Done for YOU Lately? Self-Care for Writers
What Have You Done for YOU Lately? Self-Care for Writers 1024 576 Reader Views

How many of you take time out every day for yourself? I don’t mean time out to write or time out to promote and market your book on social media – that’s not time out for yourself, but rather a part of your ‘job’ as an author. No, what I’m talking about here is taking the time to do just a little something for yourself every day to rejuvenate, refresh, and restore.

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From a $35,000 Marketing Pothole to a BookBaby Classic – A Little Publishing Story
From a $35,000 Marketing Pothole to a BookBaby Classic – A Little Publishing Story 1024 576 Reader Views

How My The Frugal Book Promoter Became the Book BookBaby Called a “Classic” and Gave to 37,000 of its New Authors as an Example of a Great Promotion of Their Own

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Writing About Controversial Topics
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The key factor to remember when creating controversial agit-prop fiction is to write a story that someone who is opposed to your desired change will find engaging enough to read.

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Home, Sweet Home
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Homes can form the center, backdrop, setting, or sometimes take the starring role in a book. Homes reflect our personalities and preferences and our localities, our countries, and our cultures. Homes are a great way to introduce children to diverse cultures.

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